[AstroPy] Additional Package Installation problem

Mubdi Rahman rahman@astro.utoronto...
Fri Aug 24 23:08:22 CDT 2012

Hi Ralph,

It seems that you're running these commands from an ipython session, rather than the command line/command prompt. Rather than opening an ipython session, from the start menu, find the "Command Prompt" and run the tutorial commands from there.



> From: Ralph Morgan <ralph.morgan@my.jcu.edu.au>
>To: "astropy@scipy.org" <astropy@scipy.org> 
>Sent: Friday, August 24, 2012 10:49:15 PM
>Subject: [AstroPy] Additional Package Installation problem
>I tried following the instructions given in the Installing Scientific Python tutorial (http://python4astronomers.github.com/installation/python_install.html) after installing the current EDP academic version (EDP-7.3-2) of python 2.7 on my Windows system (7 Home Premium ver 6.1 build 7601 SP1) without any problems, but get error messages when attempting the 'Install Additional Packages' commands the tutorial lists for Windows:
>Enthought Python Distribution -- www.enthought.com
>Python 2.7.3 |EPD 7.3-2 (32-bit)| (default, Apr 12 2012, 14:30:37) [MSC v.1500 3
>Welcome to pylab, a matplotlib-based Python environment [backend: WXAgg].
>For more information, type 'help(pylab)'.
>In [1]: cd C:\Python27\Scripts
>In [2]: easy_install.exe --upgrade pip
>  File "<ipython-input-2-9ddc46f55be3>", line 1
>    easy_install.exe --upgrade pip
>                                 ^
>SyntaxError: invalid syntax
>In [3]: pip.exe install --upgrade distribute
>  File "<ipython-input-3-5a79986fb019>", line 1
>    pip.exe install --upgrade distribute
>                  ^
>SyntaxError: invalid syntax
>Any hints on what to do? Is the tutorial out of date?
>I also get some error messages when running the commands the tutorial provides in the 'Test your installation' section:
>In [4]: % python -V
>ERROR: Magic function `python` not found.
>In [5]: % ipython -V
>ERROR: Magic function `ipython` not found.
>In [6]: % ipython -pylab
>ERROR: Magic function `ipython` not found.
>In [7]: import numpy
>In [8]: import scipy
>In [9]: import scipy.linalg
>In [10]: print numpy.__version__
>In [11]: print scipy.__version__
>In [12]: print matplotlib.__version__
>And since the easy_install.exe upgrade didn't work, I can't install some of the required packages:
>In [13]: import asciitable
>ImportError                               Traceback (most recent call last)
>C:\Python27\Scripts\<ipython-input-13-4cd71165d355> in <module>()
>----> 1 import asciitable
>ImportError: No module named asciitable
>Is there a suitable forum that answers such newbie questions? 
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